Your Top 5 Questions About Vitamin C Skincare, Answered

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We all know the important role Vitamin C plays in our wellbeing, but are you aware of the skincare benefits of Vitamin C? From Vitamin C serum to hydrating creams and lotions, this natural skincare ingredient has become a staple of top shelves around the world. 

In this article, we answer: 

  1. What does Vitamin C do? 
  2. What are the benefits of Vitamin C? 
  3. Ingredients to avoid when using Vitamin C skincare 
  4. When should you use Vitamin C for skin? 
  5. How to introduce Vitamin C skincare into your routine 

1. What Does Vitamin C Do for Skin?

The great news is that Vitamin C is suitable for skin of all types, tones and ages. Used correctly, this natural antioxidant powerhouse delivers a range of skincare benefits. 

2. The Benefits of Vitamin C for Skin 

Using Vitamin C for skin can help with a range of skin concerns, from dullness to uneven skin tone and fine lines. 

Using Vitamin C for skin can reduce dark surface spots

Thanks to its high antioxidant content, with regular use Vitamin C can help to reduce dark spots and lighten the skin, leaving you with a brighter, more even complexion. 

If you’re prone to discolouration, redness or dullness, Vitamin C skincare can calm puffiness and help to even out your skin tone. 

Vitamin C skincare helps to protect the skin from pollution

Every day, our skin is exposed to environmental aggressors such as smoke, exhaust, chemical fumes, and other air pollutants. These environmental factors can cause oxidative damage to the skin and result in premature ageing. Vitamin C helps to shield your skin from this damage. 

Vitamin C benefits skin by boosting hydration 

This hardworking vitamin also works to strengthen your skin’s barrier and seal in moisture. The result? Hydrated, healthier-looking skin. 

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3. Using Vitamin C for Skin: Ingredients to Avoid

While Vitamin C is gentle and generally safe for all skin types, it’s important to remember that it’s still technically an acid. This means that it can disrupt your skin’s pH levels if it’s combined with other acids, leaving skin feeling irritated, dry or sensitive.  

If you’re unsure of what other ingredients to avoid when using Vitamin C skincare, here’s a list of those that don’t interact well:  

  • BHA aka salicylic acid  
  • Niacinamide  
  • Benzoyl peroxide, which can cause Vitamin C oxidation and make the ingredient less potent  

You don’t have to completely avoid the above ingredients if you want to add Vitamin C products to your routine; you just need to use them strategically. If you want to continue using acids and actives to exfoliate and refine your skin, apply them at an alternate time to your Vitamin C skincare products. We recommend saving active ingredients for your nightly skin care routine and applying Vitamin C in the morning. 

If you also use products containing retinol, we recommend applying them every other day and skipping the Vitamin C products on those days all together. This is because retinol and Vitamin C can counteract one another and dry out the skin if applied at the same time.  

4. When Should You Use Vitamin C for Skin? 

It’s best to apply Vitamin C in the morning. The vitamin loses effectiveness when it’s exposed to light, so give it a minute to absorb before heading outside. 

To make the most of Vitamin C, we suggest applying your skincare products in order of the thinnest consistency to the thickest. 

Skincare routine: how to use Vitamin C serum and more 

For bright, radiant skin, here’s when to use Vitamin C in your skincare routine: 

  • Step 1: Cleanse your skin with our Brightening Meyer Creamy Cleanser. Rich in enzymes and antioxidants, this creamy formula promotes a luminous complexion while sweeping away dirt and impurities. 
  • Step 2: Mist your face with our Brightening Clementine + C Illuminating Toner. This Andalou Naturals Vitamin C toner hydrates your skin and allows your other products to penetrate better. 
  • Step 3: Dab our Brightening Luminous Eye Serum around the eye area to boost circulation for a youthful luminosity. 
  • Step 4: Lock in moisture with our Brightening Vitamin C Cream. 
  • Step 5: Finish with a broad-spectrum sunscreen for added protection against UVA/UVB rays. 

Top Tip: Once a week, treat your skin to a brightening face mask like the Brightening Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask 

5. How to Introduce Vitamin C Skincare into Your Routine

As with all products containing acids and active ingredients, it’s a good idea to add one Andalou Naturals Vitamin C skincare product to your routine at a time. To be safe, patch test each product on your arm or behind your ear first to check for any irritation. 

By slowly incorporating Vitamin C for skin into your routine, you’ll get an idea of how your skin reacts to each product. If your complexion is looking brighter and healthier as a result, then go ahead and add another product to your rotation. 

Generally, combination, oily, and pigmented skin can handle high levels of Vitamin C, while dry or sensitive skin types can tolerate slightly less. Ultimately, you know your skin the best, so experiment until you find the best Vitamin C skincare routine for you. 

Top Tip: Vitamin C is potent, so a little goes a long way. Apply your products sparingly unless otherwise stated.  

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The various Vitamin C benefits for skin make it one of our favourite skincare multitaskers. It’s a great way to brighten your complexion and boost hydration. Whether you favour a Vitamin C serum or a brightening cream, there are plenty of products to choose from. 


Ready to reap the benefits of Vitamin C? Discover our brightening skincare range.

If you are trying a product or ingredient for the first time, we always recommend a patch test first.


Andalou Naturals

Andalou Naturals

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